Victoria silver Pattern Crown, 1844 VIII, struck from the unfinished die by William Wyon
Obverse: Young diademed head facing left, unfinished die clearly showing at the base of the hair knot, W WYON. RA raised on truncation for the engraver William Wyon, 1844 date below, with Latin legend and toothed border surrounding: VICTORIA DEI GRATIA
Reverse: Crowned quartered shield of arms, within laurel wreath, with Latin legend and toothed border surrounding: BRITANNIARUM REGINA FID: DEF:
Edge inscribed with incuse letters and star stops, DECUS ET TUTAMEN* ANNO REGNI VIII*
Bull -; ESC 338 R2; L&S 40; Davies 456
28.27 grams, 38 mm in diameter.
A good portrait with a pleasing attractive old cabinet tone, a few surface marks otherwise a good very fine and a rare variety of crown.
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